Summertime is always good because we get extra time with my step-son Ben. Usually we only get to see him on the weekends, so it’s a treat to have him here and of course, this is insanely exciting for Katie and Thomas. I like to try and find things that interest him though rather than just dragging him along to things for the younger ones. This summer, I signed him up to receive a Lucky Gecko Discovery Box. These caught my attention largely because I thought they would suit Ben. He has always enjoyed doing things together – particularly building things,… View Post

Katie has long been obsessed with Topsy and Tim. Not just the annoying CBeebies version either. But all the books too. So naturally, when I mentioned that we were going near London, Katie reeled off a whole itinerary of things she wanted to do there. All gleamed from Topsy and Tim Visit London. Which would be fine – except weren’t originally planning on going to London! However, given we’re in travelling distance it is possible to do for a day trip. Which creates a problem… which of the following activities are actually do-able in a day? Ride on a big red London… View Post

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the third week of the summer holidays. The time just seems to be flying by. We’re trying to make the most of the time we have together as a family before school starts again. I’ve joined in with some blogger friends to put together some ideas for fun things to do over summer. So be sure to check out some of the links at the end for even more ideas. We’re so lucky with everything on offer in Edinburgh, so I thought I’d share a few of our favourite days out…

Filling the days in the Summer Holidays is always a challenge. I want to make the most of everyday but sometimes it can be hard to think of what to do. Ultimately I know the kids would be happy to hang out at the park but that’s not exactly how I like to spend MY day! So when ScotRail approached us to review their Edinburgh Days Out Travel Pass I leapt at the opportunity. The pass is £34 for a family pass (two adults and two kids) and offers two days of consecutive, unlimited, off peak travel to destinations around… View Post

When I hear of friends talking about amazing days out they’ve had, I often ask if they’d like to write up the experience for the blog. I think it can be really tough to think of ‘new’ activities to do with the kids. It’s so easy to fall into familiar routines and just stick to what you know. There 100% is nothing wrong with that but recently I’ve been trying to be more adventurous and kick up our routine. Gathering ideas from other people is therefore critical. I don’t want to sacrifice what we know and like for a disaster. Usually… View Post